Crosses To Bear: The Season Of Lent
Mind. Body. Spirit. These three words are often touted as the three-legged stool to health and happiness. So as dawn breaks over Ash Wednesday, Leadville Today rolls out its Lenten Series, dedicated specifically to that third leg: Spirit.
While the first two topics of the triad seem to get their share of news coverage, with the construction of new educational facilities and development of recreational trails and opportunities, the spirit-filled news is often lacking. Therefore, at a time when the third leg of the stool seems to be more necessary and important than ever, in order to live a balanced life in today’s world, LT encourages some pause for reflection.
Every Wednesday through the Lenten Season, leading up to Easter Sunday, April 16, Leadville Today will post church news, about services, events and programs happening during this holiest time of year for Christians.
Today, March 1 is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten Season of fasting and prayer. Mass and the distribution of ashes will be offered at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in English, and 7 p.m. in Spanish at Annunciation Catholic Church, 609 Polar Street. The imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes man’s dependence upon God’s mercy and forgiveness. There will be a collection at the service.
A bit later in the month, a film will be shown in Leadville that is expected to play very well among faith-based audiences. And it just won an Oscar! The Academy Award winning movie Hacksaw Ridge will be shown locally thanks to the Leadville Seventh-Day Adventists. So mark the calendar and then round up your group for Saturday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.
According to event organizer Jan Losh, this will be a FREE showing of the inspirational true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, one of the greatest heroes in American history. For those unfamiliar with this film making great waves on the big screen, Doss served as an Army combat medic and referred to himself as a “conscientious cooperator.” He never carried or fired a weapon, yet when all others retreated down the rock face of Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Doss, returned again and again to save the lives of 75 fallen soldiers, praying “Please, Lord…help me get one more.”
Having just won the Oscar for film editing, this gripping film, is rated “R” for realistically graphic battle scenes (not suitable for children). The evening of the film’s showing, refreshments will be provided along with a complimentary copy of The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge, or The Faith of Desmond Doss for each attendee. Showtime: Saturday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. Leadville Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship Hall is located at 612 E. 9th Street. 719-486-3565.
For most, the season of Lent is about spiritual growth, focusing not on one’s self, but one’s relationship with God. Often times Christians choose to take on something during Lent, like reading more of the Bible or completing daily devotions. Fasting is another traditional part of Lent, symbolizing penance, a remorse for one’s sins. This can also be done by giving up a luxury or by completing acts of charity.
Catholics become pescatarians on Fridays during Lent, meaning the only meat they eat comes from fish. That’s why you’ll see a lot of Fish Frys during this season. And Leadville is no exception. Earlier this week, the historic Pastime Bar & Café announced the return of their Friday Night Fish Fry. Diners can enjoy deep-fried cod with hand-cut French fries and tartar sauce! The Pastime is located at 120 W. 2nd Street.
Of course, there’s nothing like a Lenten “Stations of the Cross” before the Fish Fry. So take note that on Friday’s at 5 p.m. (English) and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish) stations will be held at Annunciation Church on Poplar Street. If it’s been a while since you’ve heard the words Stations of The Cross, you can brush up HERE before your Friday night pilgrimage.
A Lenten Prayer Group is also underway beginning Monday, March 6 and continuing on Monday nights at 7 p.m. through Lent. Facilitated by Jeri Lee there will be Scripture readings, reflection and prayer. All are invited to attend. The group meets in at Holy Family Parish office, located at 609 Poplar Street.
That’s all, for this first Leadville Today Lenten Series post. Stay tuned for future news including upcoming retreats, great local youth programs, the Catholic community building campaign to help save Leadville’s historic churches, and of course, all Lenten and Holy Week services leading up to Easter Sunday, April 16.
Have you got something to contribute? Is your Leadville/Lake County church offering Lent services or programs? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.